Five members of the Kyrgyz Parliament visited Iran on a study tour from 11th to 14th June 2012 to get acquainted with Iranian practices of harm reduction, particularly with methadone maintenance treatment among people who use drugs.
There is an epidemic of HIV, and with it an epidemic of bad laws - laws that effectively criminalize being HIV positive. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, TED Fellow Shereen El-Feki gives a forceful argument that these laws, based in stigma, are actually helping the disease spread.
With the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking once again upon us, we reflect upon yet another year in which governments have failed to recognize the disastrous consequences and failures of the global “war on drugs.”
During a special thematic debate on drugs and crime as a threat to development, Mr. Fedotov said that with the 2015 deadline approaching to take stock of global progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is an increasing recognition that organized crime and illicit drugs impede the attainment of those goals.
In this presentation, IDPC called for integrated drug strategies, with an increased focus on public health, social inclusion and economic development, through robust institutional structures at the UN level.